Anacropora are small polyp stony (SPS) corals in the Acroporidae family. There are 7 known species of Anacropora. Let's focus on the most prevalent in the reef keeping hobby - Anacropora forbesi. These corals form delicate, thin branches. The branches may be spreading or clustered. These branches are sometimes fused together. They are sometimes called “Briar corals.” A colony of Anacropora resembles a briar patch.
Anacropora corals require moderate to high lighting. We recommend around 200-300 PAR. Bear in mind that most corals can be gradually adapted to lighting conditions outside of their normal preferences. Anacropora corals also prefer moderate to high water flow. Flow will become a more important consideration as your coral grows into a colony. You will want to make sure flow can get to the interior polyps of the “briar patch.”
Through their symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic algae, known as zooxanthellae, they receive many of their nutrients. To maintain good health, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements should be monitored and added as needed.
When placing your Anacropora, please remember that these corals can grow into neighboring corals. Be sure to provide enough personal space for your Anacropora corals to grow and thrive.